From left, district council anti-social behaviour officer Terry Bailey, Balderton Parish Council chairman Lydia Hurst, district councillor Johno Lee, district and parish councillor Betty Brooks, and district council deputy leader Mr Keith Girling.
From left, district council anti-social behaviour officer Terry Bailey, Balderton Parish Council chairman Lydia Hurst, district councillor Johno Lee, district and parish councillor Betty Brooks, and district council deputy leader Mr Keith Girling.

An action plan has been drawn up to combat anti-social behaviour in Balderton.

The initiative forms part of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Cleaner, Safer And Greener campaign, which aims to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.

Balderton Safer Partnership involves the district council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Balderton Parish Council, the police, and Lidl.

They are encouraging residents to join a Report It campaign and keep a diary of incidents to tackle problems of noise, nuisance, theft, drug use, dangerous driving, and gangs congregating in Coronation Park, Balderton Lakes, and the Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Other measures to tackle anti-social behaviour include  increased foot patrols by the district council anti-social behaviour team and police; a log of anti-social behaviour and nuisance, kept by Lidl; issuing banning and trespass letters, and community protection notices, which bar people from Lidl or Coronation Park; sharing information to help identify repeat offenders; and looking into launching a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

District councillors Mr Johno Lee and Mr David Payne, who represent Balderton north, welcomed the partnership.

They said the area had experienced anti-social behaviour for nine months.

“I am looking forward to working with everybody on the Report It campaign,” said Mr Lee.

“I hope it will bring immediate improvements to the community.”

Parish council chairman Mrs Lydia Hurst said they welcomed the campaign, particularly in dealing with the issues of anti-social behaviour and nuisance in parts of Balderton.

“We have to take charge of the situation and clamp down on these issues,” she said.

“Residents have a vital role to play in assisting the police and district council to deal with incidents and repeat offenders.”

Inspector Louise Clarke said during school holidays children liked to meet with friends.

“It is important to recognise that not all groups cause disruption or behave poorly — and that children are able to enjoy the local area freely,” she said.

“However, where behaviour has a negative impact on the well-being of others, through behaving anti-socially or where offences are committed, those individuals will be dealt with proportionately.

“It is important we have the support of parents and that they are aware of their children’s location and behaviour, and what impact that might be having on the rest of the community, when large groups are formed.”